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Decanter says, "Bellone is making quite a reputation for itself with its single-varietal wines." This historic, yet little-known indigenous grape, -also known as "uva pantastica", or “grape as good as bread" by Roman historian Pliny the Elder-, delivers"bright, fruity characteristics of stone fruit, melon, and citrus fruits. Flavors of herbs, tropical fruits, and toast.”
Bellone is one of the rare European varieties that is not cultivated using American rootstock. The reason for this is that this grape thrived in a Roman coastal town with sandy soil, which prevented the roots from being attacked by phylloxera, therefore, Bellone continues to grow on the same roots from ancient times.
The story of Federici winery dates to 1960, with the dream of Antonio Federici to produce wines for the Italian people, who after all the damage of World War II, were finally ready to return to the good old days. It was some years later, in 2001, that the family decided to plant their own vineyards and produce their popular wines with their own fruit. Today, the family-owned winery is managed by Antonio and his 3 sons.
The vineyard is planted with native grapes like Bellone, Trebbiano, Malvasia del Lazio, Malvasia Puntinata, and Grechetto, as well as some international varieties and its managed under sustainable practices.
Antonio Federici is the engine, heart, and mind of the company. He says, “We like to think that in every sip, you can savor the winemaking tradition of the Eternal City, with all its infinite and enchanting characteristics. The family is the special ingredient of our wines, they’re the result of family union and hard work.”
Aging: 6 months in steel tanks.
Tasting Notes: 100% Bellone. Pale straw yellow. With beautiful and refreshing notes of tropical fruit and white flowers. Savory, persistent, and soft with a nice acidity that gives freshness to the wine. This stunning white wine pairs lovely with seafood, entrees, a nice summer evening, the beach, and friends.
~97 Luca Maroni, Yearbook of " The Best Italian Wines" Luca Maroni.
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